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in this quarter, and hearing that it was the or should not succeed in passing the gates, intention of Monsieur le R. and some of we obtained them, and drove up to the his friends to leave Paris in the course of a post, when I handed out to the guard of couple of days for Amsterdam, I had my the night my passport, and a small piece passport visé by the minister of police for of paper enclosing a Napoleon, saying ra. Brussels, and set off the following after ther loudly, Voilà, Monsieur, mon passenoon in a light travelling calesh, accompa port, et l'ordre du Gouverneur.' The order nied by Mrs B. and my servant Antoine, was instantly recognized, and the massive an old campaigner. We travelled all night, gates moved on their hinges. The followas is usual in France, and the following ing morning we breakfasted at Breda, at an morning stopped for a couple of hours at early hour, and by the route of Gorcum Cambray, to see the British troops review and Utrecht we arrived at Amsterdam the ed by the Duke of Wellington, * having same evening. just reached that place as his Grace had 66• It now became a matter of some im. got upon the ground. The day was beau« portance to see the collection of Van Hotiful, and the troops made a most brilliant guer privately, without encountering my appearance.

Parisian friends. This I easily succeeded «• From Cambray we passed over much in doing through the means of the bankers ground, celebrated in the annals of war, and on whom I had credits ; while, to keep got by the afternoon to Valenciennes, the competitors in the dark as to my intensiege of which occupied so much attention tions, I adopted the following projet... at an early period of the Revolution. From "Antoine, as I have already said, is thence, the

next point which brought us up an old campaigner, and a fellow of much was the Hotel Royal of Brussels.

humour and drollery, with a countenance " • After waiting on old Gaumare, the of most immovable muscle. He was well banker, I took the earliest opportunity of known as Antoine to all my Parisian calling upon Monsieur Van Reyndaers, to friends ; but when tolerably rouged, with see his two celebrated pictures by Hobbima, a suit of black clothes, and a well-powderwhich I have the pleasure to inform you I ed wig, no one could imagirse he had ever. purchased, along with a fine Philip Wou before seen Monsieur Jolli. My own atvermans, and a Backhuysen, for 40,000 tendance at the sale, as a bidder, would francs, which, although it may appear a have been imprudent, and was likely to good price to give off hand, yet, next to meet with opposition from more quarters Mr Gray's large Hobbima, at Hornsey, I

I therefore determined on relinconsider these to be about the best pictures quishing the contest to Monsieur Jolli, of the master which I have seen; and there who, having received his instructions, acwas no time to lose, as I was only a few quitted himself à merveille, and had the hours a-head of several connoisseurs, who honour of seeing his name entered in the had set off like myself on a voyage of dis sale-roll of the Burgomaster Hoguer as the covery, and carried heavy metal. This, to purchaser of the famous young bull of Paul begin with, I consider to be a pretty little Potter, for 7925 guilders ; and of being acquisition.

congratulated by many of the dilettanti 6. Being exceedingly anxious to get to present, as a gentleman of most undoubted Antwerp to see the picture of the Chapeau taste and good judgment.t de Paillc, and three other fine pictures, by 666 The aid which this auxiliary afford, Rubens, which are soon to be sold, we left ed, enabled me to enter the room as an inBrussels after dinner, intending to remain different observer. The first person who at Antwerp during the night ; but, on con caught my eye was Monsieur le R. whom sidering the risk I ran of losing the oppor I had so lately left in Paris. We recogtunity of seeing Hoguer's pictures a day nized each other with a laugh-Eh bien, previous to the sale, in order to enable me Monsieur, comment vous trouvez vous des to form a judgment on their merits, I de eaux du Mont-d'Or?'- Et vous, Mon. termined on passing through Antwerp sieur, que dites vous de la belle Statute de without stopping. We arrived at that city Jeanne d'Acre sur la place d'Orleans ?'” in time to gain admittance, although the

Many people, however, will think gates had been shut, and were re-opened to us per favour ; but at the post-house we

that the most valuable part of this were informed that no one could get out

book is its Appendix, where Mr B. without an order from the Governor of the gives us some of the results of the place; being determined, however, to make long attention he has paid to the mathe attempt, and having agreed to pay for nuel part of the art—if we may speak the hire of fresh horses whether we should We are happy to see, that he

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This picture was sold by Mr Christie, at the sale of Mr Watson Taylor's pictures in 1823, for 1210 guineas, when there was a strong competition for it.

means to give us a larger work 'on ways, according to its substance or quality ; these subjects, and have no doubt sometimes by liquids, sometimes by redu. such a book would have very great cing it with pomice-stone, or instruments, success both at home and abroad. The until there at last remains the thin shell of following passages will, we are sure, paint only which constitutes the picture, excite in our readers a desire for more

and which must again be secured by a gluof the same diet.

tinous application to a fresh canvas; after

which, the gauze and paste which have co“ It must always be interesting to the vered the front, are carefully removed with connoisseur as well as to the painter, to lukewarm water, cautiously and sparingly know something of the manner in which applied. the great painters executed those works “ Mr. Hacquin mentioned, that in all which have at all periods been regarded as the works of Raphael which he had transthe chefs-d'quvre of art.

ferred from the old pannels to canvas, there “ On the removal of many of the fine appeared on the white ground of the pic. pictures from Italy to Paris, it was found, turc a very fine but firm line in black crayon inspection, that the painting in many on, or, what he termed pierre d'Italie ; of these was beginning to separate from that this fine line, or first tracing of his the impression, or ground of the picture, subject, was afterwards strengthened with and that it became absolutely necessa the pencil by a transparent brownish, or ry to have the same secured to prevent bistery colour, called by the French paintthe total ruin of these magnificent works. ers stil du grain; and that in some instan. Monsieur Hacquin of Paris, a most distin. ces he had hatched in the shadows with a guished artist for his skill in renoving an. black crayon, resembling the lines of an cient pictures from the canvas or pannel on engraving, before he commenced any cowhich they had been painted, was applied lour whatever on his picture. He then apto by the directors of the French Museum peared to have passed a thin transparent to transfer several of those works to fresh glazing over this preparation, generally of canvas, wliich he executed with great abi. a warm hue, somewhat like mummy, over lity and judgment; among others, the St which he painted his picture. Peter martyr, of Titian, the St Cecilia of " The following particulars of the apRaphael, the Holy Family, by Raphael, pearance which several of these capital where an angel scatters flowers, and many works presented are copied verbatim from others of the first importance. Having suc Mr. Hacquin's own memoranda, which he ceeded so well in those which he did for was so obliging as to permit the author of the Museum, he was likewise employed by these sketches to copy from his manu.. Monsieur Bonnemaison to transfer those scripts. capital pictures, which are mentioned in this work at page 39, from their ancient pannels to canvas ; and as in the course of " LA STE, FAMILLE DE RAPHAEL. this operation he had an opportunity of

“Peinte sur une impression blanche, seeing what was actually the first process composeé de craie et blanc d'Espagne, deof painting made use of in these composi- layés dans de la colle de parchemin. tions, so the author of these sketches requested him to state what were the appear. il avait passé dessus un legér glaci de

" • Avant de peindre sur ce fond blanc, ances which presented themselves when he

blanc et de jaune à l'huile. Sur se glaci il had removed the whole of the wood, and

dessiné son sujet avec un crayon noir ; the greatest part of the white ground which

puis, il a suivi ce trait avec un pinceau received the impression of the picture, and

fin, trempé dans du stil de grain. on which the same had originally been

666 Attendu de glaci dont j'ai parlé cy painted.

dessus, l'ebauche etait peu visible, mais “ All the pictures of that period were prepared with grounds composed of pipe. - le dessin de son tableau, Raphael a relevé

assez cependant pour voir qu'en terminant clay highly burned, and tinely pourided, des bras de l'ange qui repand des fleurs. mixed with a proportion of chalk, and formed into a substance with boiled parchment,

Ce repentir etoit très visible, le double trait or the skins of fish. For the better under

se remarquait aisément.'» standing how this could be got at, it is ne. cessary to explain, that when such an opera

« LA VIERGE AU DONATAIRE DE RAtion is about to be performed, the picture it.

PIAEL-DITE DA FOLIGNO. self is covered with a very fine gauze, laid over it with a thin paste, so as perfectly to se

46 La même impression qu'au prececure the paint itself. It is then turned face dent, mais sans glaci a l'huile dessus. Le downwards, and the wood planed away un trait fait au crayon noir, recouvert avec du til at arrives at the ground or preparation stil de grain, et ebauché avec le plus on which the picture itself has been paint. grand soin. Cette ebauche sans aucun reed. This ground itself being, as already pentir presentait l'aspect d'un tableau ter. stated, of pipe-clay, is removed in various miné.'"

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We earnestly recommend the whole “ British GalLERIES OF Ant." We of these remarks to the attention of 'wished, however, to have the opporevery artist who wishes to produce, tunity of saying, in a couple of senand the concluding part of them to tences, that a whole litter of catchpenevery collector who possesses, fine nies of this description, are at present paintings—and we take our leave for infesting the shop-windows, and that the present of Mr Buchanan, with re these Cockney under-scrubs, who are peating our wish that he may proceed doing everything in their power to disdiligently in the larger Treatise, which gust people with the very name of Art, he has promised in the concluding must be put down effectually. They sentence of our last quotation. From have long been creeping about in the the contents of his present book, we shape of Catalogues Raisonnees, newscertainly think that the New National paper paragraphs, Magazine articles, Gallery, (late Mr Angerstein's,) which and the like; but are becoming a little as yet consists, in a great measure, of tooimpudent in this new affair of books. pictures imported by Mr Buchanan, The puppy who has perpetrated the would gain much, if his personal ser thing before us, surprised us exceedvices could be secured to it in a per- ingly by saying in his preface, that he manent way, and should be most hap- is in the habit of contributing essays py to hear of his being in that method on pictorial matters to Messrs Colburn rewarded for the benefits which he un and Campbell's periodical. If this be questionably has conferred on the art of true, what a pleasant occupation the England. We are mistaken if there be author of Hohenlind and O'Connor's any great choice of equally accomplish- Child, must have of it, in keeping a ed superintendants for such an institu- sharp eye after the commas and semition--an institution which, from vari colons of this worthy! The creature is ous but obvious enough circumstances, evidently a Cockney of the very lowest can scarcely fail to swallow up, ere class. His ignorance is truly a thing very many years pass away, a prodi- by itself. Conceive only of a connoisgious proportion of the masterpieces seur who writes whole books on Art, of art already in England ; and which, informing the world, as this hero does we also hope and trust, will compete in the 53d page of his work, that the successfully against all competitors, pictures in the Titian Gallery at Blenwhether royal or imperial, wherever heim“ are almost as little known and works of real importance come into . visited as if they were of no value at the market on the Continent. An in all”!!! Sixty miles is no doubt a terstitution, we may be permitted to add, rible journey from the Monument; yet which many centuries hence will con we really did not expect to find the tinue to be associated in the gratefiul achievement set forth with quite so minds of Britons with the name and many airs. “Little known,” indeed! memory of the most accomplished, as It would, of course, be absurd to well as liberal and munificent pátron think of criticising a creature of this of the Fine Arts that has sat upon order ; but we shall make our printer the throne of these realms since the transfer to our pages a few little mordays of Charles I.*

çeaus of his composition, enough to We certainly owe an apology to Mr give our readers a laughi, and to exBuchanan for having named at the tinguish the abortion. What, then, head of one article his respectable oc can be more perfectly intolerable than tavos, and a little duodecimo, entitled, such stuff as

Shall we be allowed to say, en passant, that the want of a fit royal residence in the iretropolis of this great empire, is, in the opinion of the whole world, a disgrace to the nation ? Make a palace such as England ought to place her King in--there is plenty of' room and plenty of magnificent situations in the Park—and let the National Gallery of Pictures, and the library which the King has lately presented to the nation, form part of the same structure. The expense of a thing so absolutely necessary to a great nation, is not worth talking about. No more taxes should be reduced until this is provided for. Is there any one who reflects with pleasure that many private noblemen are at this moment in possession of town-palaces in every possible respect superior to CarltonHouse? And, by all means, give Joseph Hume a part of the contract, for this is the age of conciliation.

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the Juno ; which, (6 a piece of painting of « The stood of voluptuous expression that human flesh, kindling with all the internal seems to pour from the back of Venus, and glow of health, and the external bloom of the essence of the same expression that is youth and beauty, surpasses anything I concentrated in her eager look, are very ever saw. No Nature itself was ever finer ; fine."

and, what is more, it is no finer than Na. Or,

ture is. In fact, it is to all intents and pur.

poses the same as Nature, as far as regards « There is a bit of sky-blue drapery the faculty of sight.” about the neck (I think) of the Cupid, which produces a singular effect. It looks like a little fragment of the heaven from which he There is great profundity in the may be supposed to have just descended ; as two following: if the very clement itself had clung to him “ Titian was the least in the world of an in fondness, and would not be shaken off." egotist-in his works, I mean. He sought But what follows?

to exhibit and impress the merits of his “ The old man who shows the pictures subject, not of himself; and his subject, in told me that this bit of drapery was added the present instance, was the influence of by the artist who was employed many

female beauty-not the beauty of the huyears ago to clean and put them in order. man form, but of the female form : and I can scarcely believe this.”

those who can visit these pictures, in however cursory a manner, and not carry areay

the sting of that beauty in their minds, "The Dejanira is magnificent. She sits

there to remain for ever, are not made of across his knees, with one arm passed penetrable stuff.' Probably there are ex. round his neck ; and from every point of isling at present, and have been at any her form there seems to exude, as it were,

given time, forms and faces that are more an atmosphere of desire, rohich spreads it- beautiful than any pencilor chisel ever proself on all the objects present, stceping them duced.all in the pervading sentiment of the scene. The lovers are seated on the lion's skin which Hercules has thrown off'; and the

“ In those pictures the expression goes extremity of this is made to curl up above for almost nothing. They are appeals to their heads, as if supporting an imaginary the senses alone. You can actually, as it canopy over them. Such, AT LEAST, IS

were, taste the flavour of them on the paITS EFFECT TO ME!! At the same time it seems self-supported, and instinct with life ; and thus calls up an image of the

The modesty of the following is lordly beast that once wore it in this fa. equally distinguished. The humble shion, as he sought his mate in their native scribe hopes only to rival one of the woods."

most exquisite poems in Wordsworth,

or indeed in the English language. " The elaborate, and at the same time “ To those who have not already seen perfectly natural and graceful involution the princely domain of the Earl of Egre. of the limbs, produces an admirable effect; mont at Petworth, I would fain convey and it seems also to have some mysterious such a notion of it, that till they set out and connexion with, or reference to, the mingled visit it for themselves, it may thus dreell in and involved feelings of the beautiful but the distance before them, like a bright spot betrayed Ariadne, as these are represented in the land of promise ; secure that, when in her face and action. She seems per they do visit it, I shall not, in so doing, plexed and hampered," &c.

have anticipated the impressions they will receive from it, but only have prepared the

way for those impressions, and thus render. There is another back-of which he ed their effect more certain and more lastseems to be particularly enamoured. ing. And yet it is presumptuous in me

“ The next, and last picture but one, is to reckon on being able to accomplish this. Jupiter, Juno, and Io. Neither my notes The utmost I can hope to do is to furnish made at the time of seeing these works, another YARROW UNVISITED' to those nor my memory, enable me to give a de- who will never see Petworth but in hope scription of the composition of this picture, and intention.” or the attitudes of the figures. Perhaps (for now-a-days one is expected to be able to account for everything)--perhaps this The next is a grand burst indeed. has arisen from the absorbing effect of one “ On now entering the gate nearest to particular point in the picture, which fas- the back of the Swan Inn, I need not call cinated my senses at the time, and has dwelt upon him to dismiss from his mind all me. upon my memory ever since, to the exclu mory of that which has just been occupying sion of all the rest. This is TAL BACK of it; for the scene of enchantment and beauty

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that will burst upon his delighted senses is . kimbo-his hat on one side—all in crime not of a nature to permit anything else to son,-doublet, trunkhose, and all. No. interfere with it ;—like a lovely and beloved thing was ever done in its way more spiritbride on her bridal day, it must and will ed than this portrait. It looks as little of hold and fir, not only his feelings and affec- the fine gentleman as can be, and as much tions, but his fancy-his imagination--his of the lord. There is an air about it mixed whole soul undividedly. Oh! there is a up of the court and the camp, but without set of chords in the human mind which a touch of the club-house. I should ad. cannot choose but vibrate and respond to mire to see such a peer of the realm' as the inipressions which come to them from this walk into White's Subscription-room, external nature which cannot choose but without taking his hat off, and plant him. do this independently of all previous know self pleasantly before the fire ! How my ledge, of all habit, of all association ! Take Lord A. would quiz his queer dress, a savage from his native spot- who has and Sir B. C. turn pale at his plebeian gait, never seen anything but his own cabin, the and the Hon. Mr D decamp at once glen in which it stands, the mountain without waiting to inquire who he was !" stream where he slakes his thirst, and the eternal woods through which he pursues

XIII. his prey ; and place him in the presence of Tom Campbell, who has been the such a scene as that which will greet the King's pensioner for twenty years or spectator when he has entered a few paces

more, to the extent of L.200 per anwithin the walls of Petworth Park; and

num, must have corrected the proof if he be not moved, rapt, and inspired with

of the following bit with a particularfeelings of delight, almost equivalent to in degree, and resembling in kind, those in- ly high and noble feeling of satisfac

tion: stinctive ones which would come upon him at the first sight of a beautiful female of his

Through the Queen's Dressing-room,

which follows, the visitor may pass as own species, then there is no truth in the knowledge which comes to us by impulse, quickly as he pleases ; for it is filled with and nothing but experience can be trusted

PORTRAITS OF QUEEN CHARLOTTE'S and believed.”

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AGES DESERVED." What think you of the following description of a clump of firs, in a new ring of paling?

Of a

ortrait of Aretine at Windsor “ It rises in this way for a considerable

we are informed, that distance, in a rich semicircular sweep of

“ It seems to flicker before the eye with lawn, with only one clump of firs and lar.

apparent motion,-s0 instinct is it with the ches placed at about the middle of it, sur.

very life of mind.rounded by a regular white fence, and

And farther, we are informed, that looking like a single jewelled brooch placed

“ It is a full front face, very thin and on the forehead or the breast of a rural shrunken, but lightly touched all over with beauty."

the carnations of bodily as well as mental

health. It is remarkable, too, that Sir Here is a touch of modesty again- Joshua Reynolds seems to have chosen it

“ These ladies whose presence (for it is as the model from which he has made out like their actual presence !!!) beautifies

his strange head of Ugolino-in his picture this room, m

st allow their names to grace of that name, from Danto. At least my my page also, in order that the existence

memory greatly deceives me if there is not they owe to l'andyck-or rather, which he

a remarkable resemblance between the two repaid them in return for the immortality heads—both in shape, position, and genewhich they bestowed on him-may not be ral character. If I am right, this may acentirely confined to the frames which con

count for that work being so complete a tain their pictures ! ! !

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We are afflicted by hearing from and of course sneer as we please at such authority (at p. 127,) that it has both nobles and princes. Conceive of not the following from some Grub-street “ Hitherto been the fashion to examine grub :

and criticise the productions of painting in “ Here is Holbein's capital portrait of the same manner as it has those of the sis. Lord Surrey. There he stands, over the ter art, poetry ; though both evidently door, with his legs boldly planted wide proceed upon the same principles, and aim apart, not crossed mincingly-his arms a. at the same end." Vol. XVI.

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